For its second chapter, Heterotropics joined forces with the Research Center for Material Culture and invited KUNCI Cultural Studies Center (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) to engage in a 6-week research residency at the Tropenmuseum. The Tropenmusuem was founded in 1926 in the East of Amsterdam as the city's colonial museum. Its purpuse was to show Dutch overseas possessions mainly from the Dutch East Indies. Following the independence of Indonesia in 1945, the museum transitioned into the current configuration of ethnographic museum and is today in the process of rethinking its permanent exhibitions and displays of the colonial past.
During their residency, KUNCI will research the various collecting and representational practices related to the former Dutch East Indies at the Tropenmuseum, considered both as an archival corpus and narrative device. Aiming to unleash alternative epistemologies and shifting confabulations, Heterotropics#2 will reflect on the aftertastes and afterlives of colonialism, archival language and the politics of memory taking the Tropenmuseum as a starting point.
Heterotropics#2 is realised with the kind support of the Research Center for Material Culture, Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst, and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.